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Below is a sample breakdown of the Turn-of-the-Century Literature chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Folk tales: Definition, Characteristics, Types and Examples||Overview of traditional stories, characters and common themes|
|Tuesday||Oscar Wilde: Biography and Works; |
George Bernard Shaw: Life and Plays
|Overview of Oscar Wilde's early life, plays and writing career; analysis of The Picture of Dorian Gray, including characters, plot and theme; |
Achievements, early life and philosophical plays of George Bernard Shaw
|Wednesday||Joseph Conrad: Biography and Works||Biography, internationalism and literary themes of Joseph Conrad; analysis of The Heart of Darkness, including characters, literary style and plot|
|Thursday||W.B.Yeats: Life and Poems||Early life, mysticism and politics of W.B.Yeats; postwar apocalyptic themes of 'The Second Coming'|
|Friday||E.M. Forester: Biography and Novels||Early life and major novels of E.M. Forester; colonialist and social themes as reflected in A Passage to India and Howard's End|
1. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray: Plot, Characters & Vanity
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel Oscar Wilde ever published. Personally, I think he was at his best when he stuck to plays (don't get me started on his poetry), but no examination of Wilde's work is complete without this book.
3. Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays
George Bernard Shaw is one of the most prolific and important playwrights in the last 150 years. Don't believe us? Watch this video to learn about his social activism, his important contribution to the world of education and, of course, his plays.
4. Introduction to Joseph Conrad: Novels and Colonialism
Sailor, groundbreaking writer, incurable racist - these are just some of the terms that have been used to describe novelist Joseph Conrad. Watch our lesson for an introduction to this man's life and an overview of his major works!
5. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style
Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.
6. Introduction to W.B. Yeats: Life and Poetry
'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.' Watch this video to learn more about the man behind that quote - W.B. Yeats. Study the events, stages and works of his writing career. Also take a look at his personal history, including his ties to Ireland.
7. Yeats' The Second Coming: A Poem of Postwar Apocalypse
In this video, we'll discuss Irish poet W.B. Yeats' most famous poem, 'The Second Coming.' Written after the devastation of World War I, it uses a religious metaphor to capture a Europe in chaos and on the brink of change.
8. Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works
E.M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. In particular, his depictions of class issues struck a chord with many readers - and continue to do so today. Watch this lesson for an overview of his six key novels!
9. Howards End: Forster's Novel of Family and Social Class
Throughout his career, British author E.M. Forster wrote about class barriers as an impediment to human connection. His most famous exploration of that theme is the 1910 novel 'Howards End.' Learn about that novel's plot, characters and ultimate message here.
10. A Passage to India: Forster's Treatment of Colonialism
'A Passage to India' is one of E.M. Forster's most celebrated novels. Watch this lesson to see why this sad story of British colonialism has stuck with audiences for almost a century.
11. Folk Tales: Definition, Characteristics, Types & Examples
From ghost stories to fairy tales to animal fables, folk tales are beloved by people of all ages in all cultures. Find out more about the characteristics and types of folk tales in this lesson.
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